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October 2017

NC Utilities Commission Proposes Rules for Solar Panel Lessors

Section VI of HB 589, named the “Distributed Resources Access Act,” creates new opportunities in North Carolina for solar energy development in ways other than utility-scale solar farms. It authorizes, for the first time, the leasing of solar energy facilities for retail customers and subscription to shared community solar energy facilities.   N.C.G.S. § 62-126.7 states, “No person shall engage in the leasing of a solar energy facility without having applied …Read More

Power Outages Reignite Debate Over Buried Power Lines

After nearly every major storm event resulting in major power outages, utilities, public officials, and customers reexamine the existing electrical distribution infrastructure. And no exception, the most recent hurricanes, Harvey in Houston, Irma in Florida, and Maria in Puerto Rico, have reignited the debate over buried lines and whether the risks are worth the investment. When Harvey hit Texas, Houston had almost 24,000 circuit miles of underground distribution lines and …Read More

NC Utilities Commission to Issue Rules for Competitive Procurement of Renewable Energy

The NC Utilities Commission is working in Docket E-100, Sub 150 on rules to implement House Bill 589 – An Act to Reform North Carolina’s Approach to Integration of Renewable Electricity Generation through Amendment of Laws Related to Energy Policy and to Enact the Distributed Resources Act. One of the main components of the new law requires electric public utilities to create a competitive procurement program for 2,660 megawatts of …Read More